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North Carolina and South Carolina manage flounder with different creel limits and minimum sizes. Changing regulations

Many bordering states have some sort of reciprocal agreement for fishermen plying border waters, but North Carolina and South Carolina do not, possibly because of the significant differences in the way several species are regulated.


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A community live-bait tank is an unusual feature on Ocean Crest Pier. OCP has survived coastal troubles through the years

Ocean Crest Pier was one of North Carolina’s last-built ocean fishing platforms, with construction finished in 1968 by Warren Calloway, a World War II veteran. He added a motel in 1972 that his wife operated.


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Ocean Crest is one of two piers remaining on Oak Island; Long Beach Pier was closed in 2006. Oak Islandís pier history

Oak Island was once home to three piers: Yaupon, Ocean Crest and Long Beach.

Each was an outstanding king mackerel platform, in part because of the nutrient-rich water pushing out of the mouth of the Cape Fear River attracts baitfish and predators alike.


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Big expanses of lily pads offer bass a great amount of shad. Amphibian modifications

Frog baits account for some of the most-exciting strikes you’ll see in the pads. Most work well right out of the package, but a few tweaks can help sell the ruse.


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Above: A small topwater plug like this Spook Junior is a perfect tool for drawing strikes for hybrid and spotted bass feeding at the surface on small baitfish. Opportunities on top

Conventional fishing wisdom says that topwater baits should be retired shortly after sunrise, not to be picked up again until shortly before sunset. †While this is a good rule of thumb, guide Craig Price always has a topwater plug at the ready when he’s fishing Lake Norman.


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Power-jigging with an Alabama Rig drew a strike from this Lake Norman hybrid bass for guide Craig Price. Strike out for a reaction

Whether you call it power-jigging, speed-jigging, or speed-reeling, the technique has been proven effective at catching numerous offshore saltwater species, striped bass and now, hybrid bass. Guide Craig Price, who adapted the idea from striped bass fisherman on large southeastern reservoirs, knew it would be a hit with hybrids.


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Downriggers are lethal tools to get baits down to depths where they can be trolled through the strike zones of different fish species. The lowdown on downriggers

Trolling open, deep water is a lethal tactic for a number of different species of fish, but problems develop in trying to place a bait at a specified depth on line that ultimately ends up in the hands of the angler at the surface.†


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A light Texas-rig and a plastic worm is a definite ticket to catching Randlemanís summer bass. Go light for treetop worm fishing

Using soft-plastic lures such as worms and lizards is an effective technique for hauling bass from submerged wooden structure in reservoirs, but heavy weights don’t work well when fish are suspended in the upper reaches of the water column, where shad often prefer to hang out.


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Guide Joel Richardson fishes around one of Randleman Reservoirís many laydown trees that have been cut and cabled to their stumps. Find Randlemanís bass hotels

Fishermen who once fished flooded trees on either side of the narrow New Hope Creek channel in Jordan Lake will remember how those spots concentrated largemouths.


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Fishermen can fish streamers either downstream or upstream, although they might be more effective downstream. Sculpzilla: king streamer

Streamers are flies that imitate a variety of aquatic life, especially minnows, and when fly fishers fish big waters for big trout, they’ll usually tie on a streamer.


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Puncturing a fish's swim bladder can help it survive in a livewell when it might otherwise turn up on its side and die. Six tips for keeping fish or bait livelier in livewells or bait tanks

Whether the fish you’re trying to keep healthy are in the bait tank or in the livewell, there are several tricks that you can use to keep them alive – or at least tasty – during the summer, and they all boil down to one thing: oxygen levels. Once you understand how to control and manipulate oxygen levels or the fish’s intake of oxygen, keeping them alive isn’t that hard. Here are six tips:


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Nice, big speckled trout are on an early morning topwater bite around Carolina Beach. Take it to the top early for Carolina Beach speckled trout

Capt. Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters said the early morning speckled trout action around Carolina Beach has been about as hot as the weather, with specks crushing bait on the surface, dictating the use of topwater baits for fish that are averaging 3 to 5 pounds.


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